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Cabrini to Host First Philly-Based Food Recovery Network Summit

Posted on 4/16/2018 8:45:00 AM

RADNOR, Pa. (April 16, 2018)—On Saturday, April 28, Cabrini University students will host the Food Recovery Network (FRN) Regional Summit. Held at Cabrini, the event will be the first-ever FRN regional summit in the Philadelphia area.

The daylong summit—Taking Care of the Community—will welcome students from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware universities to share skills, ideas, and experiences, and participate in a volunteer event around the FRN mission to “fight waste while feeding people.” This year’s regional summit will focus on college hunger.

Students from Cabrini FRN at the Involvement Fair

Catherine Fazio ('19), President of Cabrini's FRN Chapter, and Daisy Rodriguez ('20), Vice President of Cabrini's FRN Chapter, encourage fellow students to join FRN during the Cabrini Involvement Fair. 

“We look forward to welcoming our fellow university chapters as well as other colleges who would be a great fit for starting a new FRN chapter,” said Daisy Rodriguez ('20), Vice President for Cabrini’s FRN Chapter. “Students will have the opportunity to share experiences, learn new resources, and network in order to help their peers who may benefit from a food pantry, a garden, or moral support.”

Since officially starting the FRN chapter in fall 2017, Cabrini students have already donated more than 3,250 pounds of food, supplying approximately 2,715 meals in only six months. Recently, the chapter—one of 230 FRN chapters nationwide—has focused its attention to food insecurity on college campuses and has added to its scheduled deliveries the Cabrini Cupboard, the University’s resource for supplying food to students who are in need of meal assistance.

“The issue of hunger on university campuses is enormous,” said Tom O’Donnell, Cabrini’s FRN Chapter advisor and faculty fellow for the Engagements with the Common Good course on food insecurity. “I think it’s tremendous that our students are, by my recent inquiry, one of the only FRN chapters helping to prevent food insecurity in both their neighboring communities and right here on campus.”

For more information, visit the Cabrini FRN Facebook page.

About Cabrini University

Founded in 1957 by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Cabrini University is a Catholic institution that empowers students to become advocates of social change through an Education of the Heart, focusing on academic excellence, community engagement, and leadership development.

Cabrini enrolls approximately 1,650 undergraduates in more than 35 majors, pre-professional programs, concentrations, and minors on its serene 112-acre campus located 30 minutes from Philadelphia. The University also enrolls 900 students in graduate, doctoral, and professional studies programs at its main campus in Radnor, PA, and at five off-campus locations.